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The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis

Screwtape suggests that since Wormwood has already provided worldly pleasures to the patient, there is need to delay as much as possible the pleasures so that the patient does not get to realize that such pleasures are unrelated to his or her faith. According to Screwtape, as long as people are interested and absolved of the worldly things in life, they will find it easier to stay away from God. A man will, therefore, want to live a double life given the temptations of worldly things that cause distractions from God.Screwtape is worried about the Christianity in the young woman given the fact that she is a novice. Nevertheless, Screwtape advice Wormwood to make sure that the spiritual pride in the woman increases to a level of exaggeration. Once the spiritual pride becomes exaggerated, then there is a likelihood that she is going to start enjoying sexual love and pride and this will draw her away from God hence conquering her. Screwtape talks about the young woman and mentions that her minor fault lies in the fact that when she is testing out life’s temptation she forgets about prayers for those moments and this makes her more vulnerable.Screwtape believes that a good strategy for drawing away patients from God is through making them discover real pleasures as the last thing. Real pleasures are a special class of pleasures since they are expensive tedium. Some of the examples of real pleasures to man are the raw materials, starting points with which God has furnished them with. These can be counteracted by different worldly, conventions, or fashions to the patient thus drawing him away from God.In this concept, Screwtape after hearing that the patient is not wholly convinced with his current church despite the fact that he has been attending the same since he was converted, he (Screwtape) advices Wormwood to make the patient start church shopping.

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